Olta built a temporary house on a piece of land unused for several years, and while living there, and sought out a model of farming different from the highly industrialized one of investment and recoupment. This project was reconfigured from a previous endeavor according to the specific features of the land in Moriya City. Cultivate House functions as an actual house with a “barn” for storing tools as well as beds and a composting toilet. Part of the wall opens out toward the field like a stage. In the fields, an experimental method of no-till farming using companion plants and grass mulch and grew crops using native species instead of F1 hybrid seeds that only yield a one-off crop. Observing the process of the crops growing, we have created prints on artificial materials found at the site like plastic and aluminum cans. We have also used the bamboo and arrowroot growing wild on the land to make objects. We cook and eat the crops, and use rice bran or husk to turn human waste into compost.
Over the course of this project that proceeded as if stitching up the gaps within industrialized agriculture, there emerged prints, frottages, drawings, and harvested crops, all unfolding at the field and hut.
“Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation”
Period: February 2, 2022 (Wed) – March 14, 2022 (Mon), 13:00 – 17:00
Location: Moriya City, Ibaraki Prefecture (will be announced to those who inquire)
1. Interior of the “Cultivating House
2. harvest of agricultural products (carrots, radishes, etc.)
3. pottery works baked with rice husk smoked charcoal, bamboo works, print works, aluminum can journal, etc.
4. tea made from radish and carrot leaves
Equipment: shoes that can get dirty, warm clothing
“ARCUS Project 2020-2021 IBARAKI Artist-in-Residence Program”
Resident artists: Ieva Raudsepa (Latvia), millonaliu [Klodiana Millona & Yuan Chun Liu] (Albania/Taiwan), OLTA (Japan)
“Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation”Press Release
1-3, 5, 7, 9-13 Photo: Hajime Kato
4, 6 Photo: Kenji Agata